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New Balance’s Latest Quartet Of 1906R Runners Prove That Y2K Vibe Still Ain’t Dead
— Updated on 5 July 2023

New Balance’s Latest Quartet Of 1906R Runners Prove That Y2K Vibe Still Ain’t Dead

— Updated on 5 July 2023
Randy Lai
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Randy Lai

Once an obscure New Balance platform made in emulation of the gaudy fashions of the 2000s, the 1906R (named for the year that the US athletic giant was founded) has become an icon in its own right – thanks to a host of high-profile collaborations with Auralee, Comme des Garcons and, reportedly, Aimé Leon Dore (the latter of which remains unconfirmed).

Still, for trainer enthusiasts in the market for a 1906R that’s slightly easier to procure, New Balance Australia has just released the popular ‘Protection Pack’ line-up locally: consisting of four differently coloured versions of the 1906R, all embellished with ‘vintage suede’ detailing inspired by industrial shades of black, taupe and grey.

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Pretty much one of the most comfortable silhouettes we know of that New Balance makes – and considering the company’s pedigree, that’s really saying something – these 1906Rs back up their Y2K walking shoe aesthetic with very modern refinements.

The ACTEVA midsole provides flexible cushioning, whereas a ‘stability web’ (overlaid over the signature New Balance N-ergy outsole) is used to enhance arch support; meaning that, on top of being a fashion statement, these make for a great ad hoc running shoe.

You can head on over to New Balance to browse the entire drop.

New Balance 1906R
Pictured (top to bottom): The 1906R in ‘Castlerock with harbor grey’; and ‘Turtledove with black and bone’
Pictured (top to bottom): The 1906R in ‘Black with silver metallic’; and ‘Reflection with black and gold metallic’

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Randy Lai
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Following 6 years in the trenches covering consumer luxury across East Asia, Randy joins Boss Hunting as the team's Commercial Editor. His work has been featured in A Collected Man, M.J. Bale, Soho Home, and the BurdaLuxury portfolio of lifestyle media titles. An ardent watch enthusiast, boozehound and sometimes-menswear dork, drop Randy a line at [email protected].

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